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Strong constraint exists on one-way street that delivers optical signals to computers, say Stanford researchers

Nonlinear Light
Jun 8 2015
Fellow, Research, Stanford

Stanford engineers highlight the limitation of a popular technique for one-way optical data transmission on computer chips.

Optics, a form of data transmission that utilizes beams of light, has the promise to outperform the beams of electrons that drive your computer or smartphone. Engineers have long sought a way to miniaturize optical technology, which is present in today's fast-paced fiber-optic cables, so they can bring the speed and efficiency of light-based data transmission to a computer chip.

Co-author Jerry Shi is a 2014 Reed-Hodgson SGF Fellow.